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Yes, Mr. Rudnick, There Is a Santa Claus

Click here to read the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s 2011 Regional Agenda wish list. And click here for links to all the past BNP Regional Agendas dating back to 2002.

Pretty much the same as last year. UB2020, downtown medical corridor, Peace Bridge, etc. A new wrinkle this year is advocacy for drilling in the Marcellus shale, because what’s progress after all if it doesn’t risk ecological catastrophe?

Check out the 2002 agenda, where it reads:

“Thanks to much hard work by many groups of people,
including members of the Partnership, Buffalo received a
designation as a Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics by
New York State at the end of 2001. This center represents
our community’s best opportunity to find a niche in the ‘new
economy’ creating thousands of good-paying jobs in life
sciences and related businesses.”

Where are those thousands of jobs? We’re nine years down the road now.

And let’s cherish their bold vision for the waterfront in 2002:

Action Items
• Federal funding – $5 million for Intermodal/Aud
• State funding – $25 million (grants and loans) plus
dedication of state share of sales tax — for the Bass Pro
retail development project.

They’re so cute when they’re at this age. Don’t you just wish they didn’t have to grow up?

  • wny


  • Glen

    $400,000 per year, plus performance bonuses

  • Jean

    Please note on page 7 their support for hydrofracking, although it’s listed under “Marcellus shale.”